This year, I decided not to post my classroom rules or consequences. I know, it sounds counter productive, but stay with me here. My initial assumption about the students’ other classes was confirmed: it was the rules and consequences “pony show”. I asked my students to help me create the way our classroom operates using our school’s four keys to success. Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Involved. I started by asking them to respond to the following prompts on co
So you've been asked to get all kids to the finish line, to "meet the standard" or "pass the benchmark". It's a daunting task, especially if you try to cram Common Core in 13 years in it's entirety. At least one step that can help us get closer to bringing all kids there, is answering a fundamental question.... "What do they already know" followed closely by "What are they stuck on when?" Think about it. How much of the beginning of your school year is spent figuring out "